A Dose of Laughter

Monday, January 13, 2014

Those of you who have been around for quite some time know that I had gone through some trying times the last couple of months.  Though I'm not quite ready to share that story yet, I did want to share something that helped me get through that time - laughter.  It's an infectious medicine can really fill your heart with happiness.
Not only can it fill your soul when it is on empty, check out these health tidbits on laughter:
  • Reduces physical tension
  • Reduces stress
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Releases "feel good" endorphins
  • Improves blood flow and functionality of blood vessels
  • Increases immunity cells and infection fighting antibodies
Other benefits you can receive from laughing include:
  • Added joy
  • Enhaced resilience
  • A "zest" for life
  • Attraction
  • Defused conflict
  • Strengthened relationships
In my post about losing 23 pounds I talked about how I had no desire to eat, and I pretty much ate just because I knew I had too and knew the consequences I'd pay later if I didn't eat at all.  So being that low, it can definitely be hard to find something in your own life to smile or laugh about.  
There are tons of ways to find laughter.  Much of it revolves around putting yourself in positive social situations in which you are around those that truly love you and care for you - family and true blue friends.  However, there will come a time that you will have to be by yourself.  And you have to come to terms with it, accept it and embrace it.
This is for the times that you find yourself alone and rather get through it laughing than being depressed about the cards dealt that are in your hands...

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  1. Did you get a new layout? And yes, laughter really is the best medicine! Whenever I'm upset or in a bad mood, if something makes me laugh I tend to feel better.

  2. Hey Crystal - Yes I got the new layout last week, and I'm loving it. Hope some of the videos made you laugh!!

  3. Loving these videos! Laughter truly is the best medicine :) glad to hear that you're doing and facing your hardships dead-on :) if you ever need to talk or vent or whatever- I'm just an e-mail/Google Chat/tweet away, girlfriend!

  4. Thanks Kayli!!! I will def take you up on that offer!!!

  5. My new year's resolution (if you want to call it that) was to try and be
    happy. To try and do things that would make others smile or laugh. I
    still remember, last year, being in my bathroom for some reason. To
    brush my hair or teeth or something. Anyway, since the door was still
    open, I could hear my two best friends in the living room. They started
    laughing about something, and it is--to this day--one of the best things
    I have ever heard.


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